First Look! Aulani Restaurants on Opening Day

Aloha! Aulani, Disney’s newest Disney Vacation Club resort on Oahu, Hawai’i, opened on August 29, 2011, checking in the first guests in the wee hours of the morning. Thanks to Werner Weiss at Yesterland, we have some photos of the new restaurants to share.

These are just a few of his many, many pics of Aulani, so be sure to head on over to Yesterland to complete your tour. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself considering a trip to Hawai’i!

In the ‘Olelo Room, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast and casual lounge fare.

'Olelo Room

A casual buffet restaurant, Makahiki, will host character breakfasts on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. Dinner buffets will highlight seasonal cuisine.

Makahiki buffet restaurant

Yes, there will be refillable mugs and Aulani guests can fill them up at The Lava Shack. Get your plate lunch here, too!

The Lava Shack

Check out full Aulani menus here!

Are you planning to visit Aulani? Let us know what you think of the opening day pictures in the comments below! And don’t forget to visit Yesterland for more pics!


  1. Susan says

    Just FWI, Aulani is not on the Big Island; it’s on Oahu.
    Love your columns. I look forward to them each day.

  2. Theresa Sheingold says

    I so want to go there!! I was born in Hawaii and haven’t been back since I was 3!!

  3. Madoka says

    We are checking in Oct 8 for a week. Just 6 more weeks… I can’t wait!!! The resort is stunningly gorgeous. Rohde and his team did such an amazing job presenting and celebrating authentic Hawaiian culture and art yet still adding in the magical Disney touches like the Menehune (and I’m sure plenty of Hidden Mickey’s). I hope the food will be fabulous! :)

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